Record sales at Portmeirion

 
Kasmira Jefford
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THE CHAIRMAN of Portmeirion yesterday welcomed the chancellor’s decision to exempt pottery makers from the climate change levy, as the firm posted record full-year sales.

“We spend over £1m a year firing our kilns. Anything that reduces that cost is important,” Dick Steele said, adding that it will put the industry on a “level playing field” with its European counterparts.

The Aim-listed china maker, best known for its Botanic Garden pattern and collection by Sophie Conran, said sales jumped 3.6 per cent to £55.5m in 2012, on pre-tax profit up 6.6 per cent to £6.8m.

Steele said strong demand in South Korea, its third biggest market, offset weakness in the US, where superstorm Sandy and the fiscal cliff dampened demand.